Kicked off my career as the parent of a student by visiting Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School at Broad Street (as seen on learningfirst.org) this morning. It is 1.3 miles from our house, which means it is not a neighborhood school for us -- tougher to get in if it is oversubscribed, which I forgot to ask about -- but we could probably have the option of a short bus ride, which would be good. A short walk is an option around here, but not a long one.
Overall, it seemed... acceptable. As in, it would be acceptable to leave my child in the care of these people, which is a pretty high bar. It was my first look at the new-look more academic kindergartens I've been hearing about. Everything seemed pleasant and orderly. I liked the new principal, Mr. Bacon. It was evident from his interaction with the teachers and students that he is not a sociopathic asshole, which is basically the first thing on my School Visit Checklist. The 1898 auditorium is striking and in pretty good shape.